Tuesday, 9th Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 25:14-30

Prayer Pointers:

To grow in love of the Lord

For chances to use your gifts

For those who manage investments

“A MAN WENT AWAY FOR A LONG JOURNEY…” In this third end-times parable, Jesus encourages his followers to continue in their work until he returns. The owner gives to three servants funds to manage while he is gone. Each of the servants is given a wondrous sum: even the third has the rough equivalent of a million dollars! And, eventually, the householder comes back.

The parable itself turns on what the third servant says to his master: “you are a hard man.” It is not worth risking anything for someone like this master, who takes for himself the fruits of what others planted, who eats what others have grown. The third servant does not love his master and acts from that lack of love: he buries a sizeable treasure in the ground and lets it wait there until such time as the master returns.

By contrast, the first and second servants “go to work.” They grow what they have been given, they multiply what their gifts can do, and when the master returns, there is joy over what has been accomplished. Let’s not lose sight of what this joy really means: it is expansive, coloring and shaping all of life—it is contagious!

This is the Christian life: before each of us is the question of how we should invest ourselves—the treasure that God has given each of us. If we see God as hard and greedy, taking what we have, then we will assess the risk of investing in him one way. But if we see God as kind and generous, giving us far more than we deserve, then we assess that risk differently.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.